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'Arctic Corridors, Northern Voices' Research Project Wins Governor General's Innovation Award

Congratulations to Dr. Jackie Dawson and Dr. Natalie Carter with the Environmental Society and Policy Group at University of Ottawa along with Natasha Simonee and Shirley Tagalik.

A new study by Dr. Dawson and Dr. Carter, supported by Irving Shipbuilding and MEOPAR mapping a network of culturally significant marine areas across Arctic Canada using Inuit and local knowledge has won the Governor General's Innovation Award.

Over the past five years, the Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices project team worked in 14 different Canadian Arctic communities to conduct participatory mapping workshops with local experts and elders. Shipping traffic in the Arctic Ocean has nearly tripled in the past decade. In response, the Canadian Government is developing Low Impact Shipping Corridors to support safe and sustainable shipping that minimizes risk to arctic ecosystems, wildlife and northern communities.

For more information and to access reports and publications form this study visit https://www.arcticcorridors.ca.

Project lead Jackie Dawson (right) with Research Coordinator Natasha Simonee (left) at Pond Inlet, Nunavut.

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